100 million people across the united states are currently under winter weather alerts as a powerful storm system moves eastward. this storm has caused major airports to cancel flights and has the potential to bring temperatures as low as -50f (-45c) and -70f in certain parts of the country. this could be the coldest christmas in decades and individuals are advised to prepare for power outages and stock up on emergency supplies.
Storm is expected to reach the great lakes region by the weekend, bringing snowfall and powerful winds and is projected to travel as low as the us-mexico border. millions are already feeling frigid temperatures as the storm moves eastward. the transportation security administration (tsa) is expecting travel volume to near pre-pandemic levels and road travel is likely to be affected over the weekend due to snowy conditions and freezing roadways. the american automobile association estimated that more than 112 million people will travel 50 miles (80 km) or more from home between friday and january 2.
National weather service (nws) has described the storm as “once-in-a-generation” and it is characterized by a central air pressure drop of 24 millibars in 24 hours. several states have declared states of emergency, activated emergency response operations, and opened warming shelters. us president joe biden has contacted the governors of 26 affected states and his federal government is prepared to offer help where needed.